For most of my life, I understood there to be two different types of love: the love you feel, and is assumed to exist, amongst ones family of origin, and the romantic love that would develop between two people who date, are intimate, and will one day get married. It was a struggle to learn that it was ok to tell my friends–people who did not fit in either category–that I love them, and to not feel self-conscious when they told me. When we give language to new ideas or concepts, we expand our understanding of the world. Disappointingly the Greeks’ 6 words for different kinds of love have not become common in the English language, but the lessons they impart of as valuable as ever.
– Brett Goldberg
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